Sentencing begins for man behind Eaton Centre shooting

The June 2012 shooting in the mall's crowded food court left two dead and five people wounded

TORONTO – The man found guilty of two counts of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of two men at Toronto’s Eaton Centre mall returns to court today for a sentencing hearing.

Christopher Husbands, 25, was also found guilty of five counts of aggravated assault and one count of criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

The second-degree murder convictions carry a sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 to 25 years, and the Crown has said it will ask for a lengthy parole period.

Husbands admitted to the shootings and his legal team had put forward a defence of not criminally responsible due to post-traumatic stress disorder.

His lawyer Dirk Derstine says Husbands is remorseful and will appeal.

The June 2012 shooting in the crowded food court sparked a frenzied mass exodus of the sprawling multi-level shopping centre and left five wounded in addition to the two men who died.

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